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Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum)

photo by Brian Gratwicke

Common Name: Marbled Salamander
Scientific Name: Ambystoma opacum
Family: Ambystomatidae
Location: United States
US Location: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia
Size: 4 inches 

The Marbled Salamander is found throughout most of the eastern United States. They are mainly fossorial, spending most of their time underground. They do come to the surface during the fall to breed. They travel to breeding sites near depressions in the ground. The female lays their eggs under surface material. Eventually, the rain washes the eggs into the depression and it fills up with water. The female and male have different colors. The male’s stripes are white while the female’s are gray or silver.


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